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Monday, October 31, 2011

Fall Cloche Party - 88th TTT - Burlap Bag Winner

Yip-Skip!!!!!!  It is time for our FALL CLOCHE PARTY.  I can't wait to see everything you guys have created.  I am always so totally inspired and in awe. 

I think you have seen most everything that I have done recently.  I've tried to keep them really simple to show you how pretty anything looks under a cloche and you don't have to have any special talent to decorate with one.

This is my dining room buffet.  I love using some of my silver and this really huge cloche is always so fun to play with.


Just a few pumpkins, gourds, acorns and some fall leaves and that's it.



A silver cream and sugar on a tray, candelabra and my champagne bucket floral arrangement and I called it good.


Of  course the kitchen got a couple of changes too.  I left the vignettes the same, just changed what was under the cake cloche.


A DT pumpkin, pod, wheat, pinecones and autumn leaves and it looks like Fall.



The floral pumpkin stalk ties in really well with the cakestand and completes the whole Fall look.

On this side of the ocunter, my wonderful rooster cloche got a couple of fall items too.


Some mums, pinecones and an acorn and it is done.



You don't have to do anything really big to have a cloche be fun and look really great in any vignette. 

Now I can't wait to see all of you guys creations.

DRUM ROLL PLEASE!!!!  Since we had so many that entered the giveaway for the Burlap Coffee bag, I decided to include the one I bought for me.  Both bags are just alike, so we have two winner, and they are - - -

Kim @ Cheap Chic Home

and

Sharon @ Elizabeth & co.

If you will email me your address at astrollthrulife@ live.com, I will get them in the mail right away.

Thanks to everyone who entered, but be sure to check back on Wednesday, I have another absolutely magnificent giveaway that I am sure you will want.  It is really special.




Sunday, October 30, 2011

Magazine Copy Cat Party - Chunky Candlesticks

I have been thinking about Winter and Christmas decorating and I wanted a big grouping  of really heavy looking gold candlesticks. I've looked everywhere and they are way out of my price range.  I keep seeing large groupings of candles in all the magazines and on Pinterest, and I think the look is fabulous.



I have these three that I can use as a starter, but I need more to go with it.    Kind of spendy, so I am on the hunt for something I can redo.


  So when I saw these forgotten cast-offs in the garage,


and I had a can of this. 


I knew I had my candlesticks.  I can't believe how well they turned out.  They really do look good.


The gold paint covered the wood fabulously, however they need a little bit of patina.


 So here's the first coat of stain on the one on the right.  Starting to look ok.


 The stain kind of bubbles the paint, so it gives it a great texture.


 A little more and then a final rub down to smooth out some of the splotches.  Now just to let them dry really well and start to play.


 This is just a really quick vignette to see the candlesticks all together.  I think they look great.










 Gives me the effect I was going for and didn't cost me a penny.  Just using things I already had.

I am joining Debbie for her Magazine Copy Cat party.  Be sure to visit and see all the fantastic inspiraton from everyone.

Don't forget this is the last chance to sign up for the Burlap Bag giveaway.  Just click on the bag on my sidebar for details and to enter.  The contest will end tonight, so sign up now.

Also, remember that tomorrow evening Mr. Linky will be up for the Fall Cloche Party.  Hope to see you all there. 

Last Chance for Burlap Bag Giveaway


I just wanted to remind you of my Burlap Bag giveaway, so if you havn't entered you need to sign up now.  The giveaway will end Sunday evening at 8 PM  pac. time.  I will announce the winner on Monday morning.

Since there have been so many that have expressed a desire to have the bag, I have decided to include the one I bought for me.   So your chances are doubled with TWO bags.

Click here to enter.  Good luck, I hope you win.


Saturday, October 29, 2011

Cloche Party Reminder Nov. 1st. - Advertising



   I want to remind you that next week we will have our Fall Cloche Party instead of Table Top Tuesday.  You are still welcome to show us any kind of table top for the party, however I hope you will showcase all of your cloches, hurricanes, apothecary jars and any other kind of container that you decorate in or under.


Here are a couple of displays that I've done in the past, just to give you a couple of ideas.


Some of you are not into the oranges and reds for the fall season, so here's an idea for fall that is a little more subtle and subdued, but still speaks of fall.


There are a few of you that keep telling me you are "Cloche Impaired" and can't figure out how to use one.  Well, just put one simple little item under your cloche and make it part of your vignette and you are done.


This is the dining table vignette I showed you last week.  Now I want to add a cloche to it.

I have a wonderful bird topped one that will be perfect.

See, all I did was remove the silver bowl and pumpkin and add the cloche with 2 sunflowers inside.

Super simple.  You don't have to do anything really elaborate, just a couple of flowers looks great.



 
So come on, put something under a cloche and join the party.  It really is tons of fun.  Remember it can be a cloche, apothecary jar, hurricane, cheese dome, cake dome, wire cloche or anything you can dream up to decorate in or under.

Also, with the Holidays here, now is the time to ADVERTISE your Etsy or Small Business.  I am offering 2 months for $20.  Contact me @ astrollthrulife@live.com.  I will feature your business in a post and if you have a giveaway, I will advertise it for you.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Answers to Most Asked Questions

You guys are all so nice to always leave such lovely comments on my home.  I so appreciate it.  You also have asked several questions that I have tried to answer individually, however since they are asked so often, I thought I would do a post and try to answer the most asked questions all in one post.


Drapes - I get wonderful compliments on my Living room drapes.  Here is a close up picture of the fabrics I chose when we moved into the house.  I made the drapes, they are just simple lined panels using two different fabrics and a small loop fringe to edge the header.  Both fabrics were purchased at a discount fabric store and cost about $7. yd.

The header fabric is a deep chocolate crushed textured fabric with a velvet pattern overlay in a rust color. 



The bottom fabric is a soft cocoa brown with a small velvet rust design.  The diamond pattern is a really soft cream color.  It is a substantial weight fabric and drapes really well.

I am also asked about the furniture in the room.  Everything in this room is something that I have had for many years and was purchased for previous homes.  When we moved into this much smaller home, these were the pieces that seemed to work the best, so that's what we used.  I also love the eclectic look it gives the room, collected over time, which is exactly what it is.  The huge mirror didn't seem so huge in our previous home, but it works wonders in increasing the size of this small room.  It actually makes the room feel twice the size it really is.


 Next, I am so often asked to show a step by step of how I change a room from one season to the next, so I thought I would show the changes from summer/fall to fall/winter.

This has been the look I have had for most of the summer and into this fall season.  I love how light and bright it looks.  Lots of white, bright yellow and orange.

Here is the room warmed up for fall/winter.  More brown, rust and green.

Here's how I make the changes.

A close look at the two chairs in the front window.  White throw and scarf on the table with yellow and orange plaid on the white chair.


Changed out with browns and rust for the Fall/Winter look.

All of the accessories stayed the same, I just changed out the white scarf for a couple of brown and rust ones.


The white throw was replaced with my mink one.


The plaid pillow was replaced with a rust velvet one with tassels.



The bright Iris pillows with yellow, orange and green paired with bright orange and green accent pillows.  The coffee table is also draped with an orange runner.  Perfect for the lighter Summer/Fall look.


The Iris pillows are replaced with some dark brown florals and the orange is replaced with a bright rust .  The table runner is switched out to one made from the same fabric as the header of the drapes.  The brown gives the sofa a warmer-cozier look for Fall/Winter.


This is a close up of the pillows.  Still using the same basic colors, but now instead of yellow,orange and lime, we have more brown, orange, gold and green.  I think the mix of fabrics always makes a huge difference in any color scheme.  Note that the green and rust pillow both have a pattern, but the brown one makes the statement.  Mixing all the textures together creates a much more interesting look.


I am often asked about the table cover also.  The top fabric is a rusty/orange pattern fabric that is simply a square trimmed in fringe and cut large enough to touch the bottom of the under tablecloth.


The bottom tablecloth is a beige with gold and brown in the medallion pattern.  This is the same fabric that my ottoman is covered in.  I made both of the  tablecovers and covered the ottoman. 


In the dining area the plaid table runner gave this fall arrangement a really light look, and tied the yellow/orange and lime in with the Iris yell/orange pillows.



The plaid runner is replaced with the rust medallion one that was on the coffee table.  There is still a fall table vignette, but a little more elegant than the previous one.


The cornacopia is moved to the buffet for now.


Have you guys been keeping track of all the different fabrics and patterns in this room?

Drapes - 2
Pillows - 7
Window end table - 2
Round sofa table - 2
Sofa - 1
White chair - 1
Brown chair - 1
Leather chair - 1
Total - 17

I think the mix of all the textures and fabrics is definitely what makes this room the most interesting and pleasing to look at.  Whether it's a summer/fall or fall/winter look, mixing it up makes things fun.  As you could see in both rooms, the accessories stayed the same.  Not one thing was changed, just the accent pillows and fabrics and yet we do have two totally different looking rooms.


Summer/Fall


Fall/Winter.


I hope this helps you to make a few changes in your home to create a totally different look without re-inventing the wheel.  That makes decorating fun and keeps the cost down too and I hope this answers most of your questions.

Thanks for all your lovely comments and thanks as always for stopping by, I always look forward to your visits.